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  • Tax center opening for 2013 tax season

    Just like birthdays, tax season comes around every year. Filing may not be as exciting as a party, but the 42nd Air Base Wing legal office tax center is here to ensure taxpayers get the refund they deserve.Services are offered to all who are eligible for legal assistance: active-duty service members, retirees, family members and Guard and Reserve
  • The dangers of the payday loan trap

    Need quick cash? Don't use payday loans! Payday loans offer a quick path to debt. A cash advance on a future paycheck may seem like a solution to a short-term financial crisis, but odds are that cash advances or payday loans will come at an extremely high price and trap you in a cycle of long-term debt.During these turbulent economic times a lot of
  • Attention all Airmen: Air Force holds sexual assault offenders accountable; convictions online

    You should know that the Air Force now publishes sexual assault convictions online. Anyone can go to this website and review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. After a few minutes of reviewing the facts of these cases, you will soon see many cases are very similar. They involve: 1)
  • Biomedical Sciences Corps Week: Celebrating a proud heritage

    Although the Biomedical Sciences Corps is a relatively new entity in the grand scheme of military history, in some ways it has ancient roots. The BSC insignia of a serpent-entwined rod, also known as the "Staff of Asklepios," has been a symbol of healing and medicine ever since the year 300 BCE. Greek mythology holds that Asklepios was a god
  • Building real partnerships: How LEAP helped me create mutually beneficial relationships between U.S., German Airmen

    In a world of increasing threats and decreasing budgets, the ability to effectively work with our partner nations is critical. This skill set must be learned, and it must be practiced. The Language Enabled Airman Program is one way the Air Force is ensuring Airmen have this ability. LEAP is a career-spanning program that develops and reinforces
  • The value of being an Air Force instructor

    If there is something that the last three years of instructor duty have taught me, it's that teaching people new things is not as easy as it looks. Being an instructor can be a tough job and oftentimes frustrating. But I've also learned that being an instructor is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling role, which is why I believe instructor duty
  • 2014: A year for trust and values

    Amidst New Year resolutions come opportunities to transform one's self: to improve, remake and revise. These offerings are also true for institutions such as the United States Air Force. As announced by Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III, budget realities make changes in force structure a certainty for 2014. As exciting as new
  • 'Tis the Season of (Ethical) Giving

    The holiday season is upon us, and some Air Force personnel may wish to exchange gifts in the office. Also, during this same time, some personnel are on the move -- bound for their next duty station, some retiring, some resigning. You will sincerely miss some of them and you may want to give them a gift as a token of your appreciation. This short
  • Learning Leadership from Santa

    Santa's mission is simple: spread good cheer and make people happy. Simple enough, right? Oh, if it were only so. Upon reflection, the problem statement involved with such an endeavor is daunting: multiple time zones, a narrow window of execution, extreme weather conditions, dealing with reindeer and elves (little people), personalized merchandise,
  • Q-Matic ticket system expedites pharmacy operations

    The goals of the Maxwell pharmacy are to provide safe and timely medication education and distribution to all eligible beneficiaries. We process 7,000-9,000 prescriptions weekly using the Q-Matic ticket system, which prioritizes prescription requests based on patient category. There are five options to choose from on the Q-Matic screen: (a) active